The Jour­ney Of A Mother In Mourn­ing

A pre­cious fam­ily pho­to­graph de­picts one woman’s pil­grim­age to Bel­gium

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Dur­ing the First World War Maud Mar­wood (then Maud Adams) lived in Leeds with her hus­band Joseph Adams, a worker in a woollen mill, and her five chil­dren. Her el­dest son, Ernest, had joined the Army in 1915 at the age of 19, and went off to fight. Two years later came the ter­ri­ble news that he had died, af­ter be­ing wounded near Ypres. Within 12 months Maud lost her hus­band too – it’s said in the fam­ily that he died of a bro­ken heart.

Maud re­mar­ried in 1920 and had an­other child, but her sec­ond hus­band died in 1924. She then worked hard to bring up her fam­ily while run­ning a green­gro­cer’s shop, helped out by her chil­dren. Com­mit­ments at home, cou­pled with a lack of money, prob­a­bly pre­vented Maud from vis­it­ing Ernest’s grave in the years fol­low­ing his death, but things changed in 1929 when she mar­ried Eli Mar­wood, a builder who be­came wealthy.

Af­ter the mar­riage she vis­ited Es­sex Farm Ceme­tery in Bel­gium. In the above photo Eli is on the left, Maud is third from left, and the young woman be­tween them is prob­a­bly one of her daugh­ters. Ernest was buried not far away at Har­inghe Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery.

Maud and her fam­ily at Es­sex Farm Ceme­tery

Ernest Adams

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